This was my first car I recieved for a graduation present in 2008. it had over 100,00 miles on in then. It lasted about 5 more years. Sunroof leaked when it rained. it would all pool up and then you when you made a turn all of it would drip on you at once. Inside parts did start falling off, all the cloth on the roof finally came off. I used the cheapest gas on it and didn't take the greatest care of it. Seat controls stopped working so I was stuck at one position forever My alternator broke near the ned and I had to replace that. Then at about 180,000 miles the engine and battery started having issues. It couldnt keep charged. It would drive sometimes but would randomly turn off. The radio wasn't the greatest. The sunroof was nice. I would say it's a slightly above average car.
We've owned Volvo for years, and traded a 1988 740 Turbo for our current 1997 960 in September 2001. Our current mileage is 169,000, and other than routine maintenance, our car has been reliable, comfortable and trouble-free. Yes, the plastic interior bits do tend to fall off and the sunroof leaks, but the car's long-distance comfort, safety, and high spec make it an ideal purchase for those on a budget who desire a safe, solid and agile vehicle. The key is to find a good mechanic who specializes and let him look after the maintenance. Running costs are much less than a Mercedes or BMW. We average 20mpg city/26 hwy. The '98 V70 is the same car, and the last year for this body style.
rear-wheel drive, long-distance comfort, excellent seats, capacious cargo capacity, good ergonomics, reasonably moderate to service.
plastic bits break, sunroof can leak, brakes can be an issue, but mine have had no problems.
have all praise for this car. last of the roomy comfy wagons. Only buyer beware is poor Volvo service nowadays. cannot invest today's Volvo prices, and risk big service $$$$ with poor service quality, numerous, repeated trips over same problems. more than one dealership. Sad for what was once a great company. we're now looking at VW, Subaru, after years with Volvo.
comfort, dsafety, turning circle
More quality control in dealership service departments.
I agree with the others: an all-around great car. The only glaring piece of poor workmanship is the cup holder--- surely Volvo could have done better than this. Very smooth engine, largely due to its being an inline six. And rear drive contributes to better weight distribution. Rear drive also makes possible the short turning radius-no problems with tight u-turns. I have mixed premium gas with intermediate without a problem. Agreed, radio reception isn't the best, as others have observed.After several years, my air conditioning output is getting weak, but that may only require a recharge of refrigerant- --I hope! Front window sill coverings are pulling away. Am very pleased overall.
performance, comfort, spacious rear- seat legroom (a shortcoming on many other cars with their sloping rooflines).
As others have said, the cupholder should have been better designed to begin with. It is very flimsy and mine broke.
This is my first Volvo. The ride quality and engine performance are very good for a family sedan. I have not had many problems with the engine (after 165,000 miles). The sunroof and interior are rather cheap. The sunroof continuously breaks and leaks, and the interior chips. The brakes have to be replaced about as often as Nascar does theirs. Overall a solid vehicle though, just some minor tweaks.